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Health Evolution Institute

An Executive Development Program for the Industry's Highest Potential Leaders

Connect. Lead. Transform.

The Institute is an executive development program for a select cross-sector group of the industry’s highest potential leaders. The Institute will equip these leaders, who are creating and transforming health care in today’s uncommonly uncertain times, with the network, mindset and skills necessary to lead health care into the future.

Upcoming Gatherings:
April 10-12, 2019 – Dana Point, CA (Institute registration closed)
October, 2019 – Location TBD
April 1-3, 2020–Dana Point, CA
October, 2020–Location TBD


For a decade, Health Evolution has convened the nation’s senior health care leaders, creating settings and forums to address critical issues, advance thinking and stay connected. We bring one of the world’s most experienced cross-sector community of experienced CEOs, advisors and discussion leaders to the table.

Participants are change agents pushing to the highest levels in their organizations. They are among the key leaders considered critical for their organizations’ future, and are a part of the organization’s succession plan. They represent all key segments in health care–providers, payers, life science, innovators and investors.

Those interested must complete an application and provide a reference from their CEO; participants from technology companies who are CEOs do not require a reference.


Integrating the most critical health care issues with leadership advancement, Health Evolution’s Institute offers over 65 hours of learning and connecting with the nation’s foremost leaders.

  • Three two-day in-person meetings:
    • October 2019, Location TBD
    • April 1-3, 2020 in Dana Point (with select opportunities to join the Health Evolution Summit)
    • October 2020, Location TBD
  • Three one-hour video webinars, each exploring a real life example of a leadership challenge to create context around in-person sessions
  • Purposeful peer-to-peer connections across the Institute Class

We deliver integrated continuous learning using an array of learning methods:

  • Case Studies
  • Role Playing
  • Personal Reflection
  • Story Telling
  • Simulations
  • Continuous Iteration
  • Cohort Interviews
  • Debate

Through the Institute, we dive deep into critical issues, integrating our exploration of these issues with sessions that will also advance key leadership competencies:

  • Creating & managing change and disruption
  • Engaging in strategic thinking & navigating complexity
  • Collaborative relationship management
  • Defining & guiding culture
  • Policy & governance
  • Building teams

Participants will complete the program better equipped to lead health care organizations effectively in today’s uncommonly uncertain times. They will:

  • Advance their understanding of the most critical issues driving the industry and apply that understanding to strategy-setting in their organizations
  • Broaden their ability to assess and continually reassess strategies and innovation using a multi-sector lens
  • Augment their leadership experience through conversations with numerous deeply experienced CEOs
  • Gain insight into managing their own personal leadership journey and competencies
  • Develop a close national network of tomorrow’s health care leaders


Apply to Participate:

To express interest in the 2019/2020 Institute, please email

Application Deadline:

Applications for the 2019/2020 Institute are currently being accepted and will be considered in the order they are received.

Please apply immediately to be considered as participation will be capped.

CEO Endorsement:

Participation requires an endorsement from your CEO. If you were nominated by your CEO or if you are a CEO, endorsement is assumed (see application page). If you were not, please have your CEO fill out the online endorsement form (completion time: 5 min).

Notification of Acceptance:

We will reach out to you regarding the status of your application. Please allow up to three weeks after all application materials have been submitted.

Program Fees:

The cost for the 2019/2020 Institute class is $16,500. Upon acceptance, payment details will follow.


Please contact:
Kim Weiss, Chief Growth Officer

Jules Petty, Institute Team


    • Nancy Howell AgeeNancy Howell AgeePresident & CEO, Carilion Clinic
    • David BrailerDavid BrailerSummit ChairChairman, Health Evolution
    • Bruce BodakenBruce BodakenSummit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor Former Chairman & CEO, Blue Shield of California
    • Aneesh ChopraAneesh ChopraSummit ChairPresident, CareJourney
      Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    • Nan DeTurkNan DeTurkInstitute Founding Advisor Former EVP, Chief Administrative & Strategy Officer, Highmark Health; Principal, 732 Clearview Advisors
    • Sean DuffySean DuffyCo-Founder & CEO, Omada Health
    • Brad FluegelBrad Fluegel Institute Founding Advisor Former Chief Commercial Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Principal, BMF Advisors
    • Mark GanzMark GanzSummit ChairPresident & CEO, Cambia Health Solutions
    • Jason GorevicJason GorevicCEO, Teladoc
    • Nancy HamNancy Ham Institute Founding Advisor CEO, WebPT, Inc.
    • Stephen J. HemsleyStephen J. HemsleyCEO, United Health Group
    • Dan HilfertyDan HilfertyPresident & CEO, Independence Health Group
    • Karen HorganKaren HoganCo-Founder & CEO, VAL Health
    • Paul KeckleyPaul Keckley Institute Founding Advisor Editor, The Keckley Report; Former Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Washington DC
    • Steve KlaskoSteve Klasko, MD President & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
    • Bon KuBon Ku, MD, MPPAssistant Dean for Health and Design, Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Founder and director of JeffDESIGN
    • Steven S. MartinSteven S. MartinSummit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor CEO Emeritus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
    • Janice NevinJanice Nevin, MD. MPPPresident & CEO, Christiana Care Health System
    • Robert PuglieseRobert Pugliese, PharmDAssociate Dir, JeffDESIGN, The Sidney Kimmel Medical College
      Founding Director, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
    • Nancy SchlichtingNancy Schlichting Summit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor Retired CEO, Henry Ford Health System
    • Mark D. SmithMark D. SmithSummit ChairFounding President, California Health Care Foundation
    • David ShulkinDavid Shulkin, MD9th Secretary of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Lew TrowbridgeLew Trowbridge Institute Founding Advisor Former COO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska; Chairman & CEO, Canyon Road Advisors
    • Paul TufanoPaul TufanoChairman & CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas
    • Kevin VolppKevin Volpp, MDProfessor of Health Care Management and Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), University of Pennsylvania
    • Krishna YeshwantKrishna YeshwantGeneral Partner, Google Ventures
    • Ellen ZaneEllen Zane Summit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor CEO Emeritus & Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tufts Medical Center


April 10-12, 2019 – Dana Point, CA
We will convene again in Dana Point, CA at the Monarch Beach Resort and the nearby Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Nigel to experience a unique cross-event agenda giving Institute participants the opportunity to join select experiences at our Summit.This gathering will feature intimate small-group, conversations with CEOs and discussion leaders from our Summit community.

October, 2019 – Location TBD
Institute participants will gather to dive deep into critical leadership issues, advance key competencies and build the foundation for a lasting and powerful network of the industry’s senior leaders.

The CEO has to be relentless about culture. Relentless.

Mark Ganz, Cambia Health Solutions

If I have one regret, it’s that I’m not 10 years younger. Because if I were, I could participate in the next exciting 10 years in health care.

Steve Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

I think all leaders, even when you’re a CEO, need someone to talk to, and you should look for a mentor and safe place.

Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic

How many of you actually want to be managed? People want to be led, not managed. They want you to inspire them, train them, give positive advice. They want you to self-reflect. They don’t want you to manage them.

Steve Martin, BCBSNE